‘Ensure Peace, Progress & Good Governance’: 58 Lawyers, Researchers Urge President To Withdraw Draft LDAR 2021
The draft LDRA gives the government powers to choose any plot of land for development and can override any public opposition.
It was enacted under Article 240 of the Indian Constitution. President has the power to make regulations for the peace, progress, and good government of the Union territory of Lakshadweep under the Article. The letter expressed that, “The draft LDAR is disassociated from the social, cultural, economic and environmental realities of the Lakshadweep islands. We find that the draft LDAR not only fails to address its stated purposes of good governance, the conservation and promotion of public health, safety, and general welfare of the people but rather goes against these and will facilitate land grab and ecological destruction on these special islands.”